Jasmine JowersPeriod 6March 3, 2017The Bean Trees Book ReviewThe Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, is a short novel that takes place in 1986. It givesfirst hand both the difficulties of immigrants and being a single mother. The major themes presented throughout the narrative are friends, single mothers, and immigration. It is the story of a girl named Marietta, who lives in Pittman County in Kentucky. She decides to get in her car and drive until she runs out of gas, which brings her to Taylorville, which is what she bases her new name off of. While there, she goes inside a restaurant where an old woman hands her a baby. Taylor has no choice but to keep her and ends up naming her Turtle. Later she arrives in Arizona, where she decides to find a job and a place to stay after stumbling upon a shop called “Jesus Is Lord Used Tires.” There she meets Mattie, who will later end up being one of her close friends and the whole reason why she meets Esperanza and Estevan. In an effort to be less lonely, Lou Ann puts in the newspaper that she’s looking for a roommate to accompany her and her newborn son. Taylor finds the ad and ends up staying with Lou Ann, which leads to a great friendship and family bond. Later in the story, Taylor helps Estevan and Esperanza, two refugees, escape to another safe haven since Mattie’s place is starting to become dangerous. They help Taylor in adopting Turtle by pretending to be her parents. In the end of the book, Esperanza and Estevan are safe and life in Arizona goes back to normal with Turtle now legally Taylors daughter.
- Fall '16
- janey Moreland
- The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver, Lou Ann